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All Roads Lead to the Stage at Ridenour Academy in Murfreesboro, TN

Come See What the Buzz is All About - Sunday, Oct. 20, 1-4 PM

Where Musical Visions Come to Life

Ridenour Academy is not your ordinary facility where music lessons take place. It is an exciting new division of Ridenour Rehearsal Studios where world-class, industry-standard performance, vocal and instrumental training on most instruments are offered with their “all roads lead to the stage” approach. Teachers who are handpicked, accomplished musical professionals and have a great love for educating and inspiring future artists and musicians are available to help students reach their musical goals and bring their musical visions to life. Lessons are not only designed to coach instrument proficiency, mechanics and song interpretation, but also mic technique, body language and stage blocking/movement. With their one-of-a-kind “opening act” and “headliner” programs, upon completion of the course, students have the opportunity to showcase their progress in a concert setting for family and friends. Whether you are a new or experienced musician, Ridenour’s private music lessons will help to develop skills and take students talent to the next level. “At Ridenour, we pride ourselves in offering clients a one-of-a-kind environment to bring their music to life with the best equipment available. We know exactly what it is you are looking for as all of us are musicians too,” added Keith Ridenour, President. Eventually, Ridenour hopes to expand offerings to include workshops, live recordings, concerts, and even music camps. 

The Academy is led by industry veteran, Dave Brooks, one of the most accredited studio vocalists and coaches. Brooks has been involved in the music industry for over 25 years, coaching top singers and songwriters and as a sought after session singer, songwriter, and producer himself. His voice has been featured on national network campaigns for ABC, NBC, CBS, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Wheel of Fortune, and a host of commercial advertisements, including the dairy industry’s “Milk Does a Body Good” campaign and Wendy’s “99 Cent Value Menu” campaign. Brooks is the co-author of the web’s best-selling vocal instruction course, Singing Success. Some of the artists Dave has worked with include: Gladys Knight, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, James Ingram, Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), Mark Kibble (Take 6), Montgomery Gentry, and  Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress and producer, Debbie Allen. See what Brooks has to say about Ridenour here. For additional details on all programs offered and bios on coaches, click here

Ridenour will host an open house on Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 p.m. The studios are located at 1203 Park Avenue in Murfreesboro. Instructors will be available to meet students and parents and to answer questions and provide a tour of the facilities.

Industry professionals, Derek Assaf, CEO, and Ridenour opened their doors less than one year ago in effort to tap into the thriving music scene in Middle Tennessee and to provide musicians and teachers with a fun, creative, unique yet affordable “home” to share their music and in a short time, this well-kept secret in Murfreesboro has created quite a buzz within the music community offering a new alternative. There is nothing else like it in the area. 

About Ridenour Rehearsal Studios

The 5,600 square foot space has quickly become the latest premier performance and rehearsal facility-hosting clients from all ages and genres of music. The charismatic space features everything from 5 fully equipped soundproof rooms of various size with stages, 1 gigantic live stage room, “The Alley,” (featuring 1,350 sq. ft. of rehearsal and lounge space, a state of the art sound system, lighting for auditions, band rehearsals, performances, live recordings, video shoots, etc.), and private lesson rooms which can also be utilized as individual writer’s rooms or collectively for writer’s retreats, label breakout meetings, media days or meeting spaces in general. Singer/songwriters even have the option of recording a demo of their song before leaving the studio. The multifaceted compound is also the ideal spot for cozy and intimate industry events boasting jewel tones and high-end decor throughout. The proximity to Music City and Middle Tennessee State University's renowned recording industry programs makes for an ideal spot for rising musicians and industry professionals located only moments from the interstate, countless restaurants and only 35 minutes from Music Row. There is plenty of free parking at Ridenour. Equipment is also available for rental with various options and packages to meet specific needs. Each room includes a professional PA system, two guitar amps, a bass and keyboard amp, and a drum kit so that guests don't have to bring gear with them for practice.

Ridenour has already hosted several student-related and industry events for the Murfreesboro and greater Nashville area and will be hosting their first major country concert with Country superstar, Aaron Tippin on November 7th

Ridenour is the second facility of it’s kind to open. The first was Markee Music, also a Ridenour studio, located in South Florida whose vision is to provide a world-class facility offering the best service, gear, atmosphere and customer service to musicians and bands at all levels that need and deserve rehearsal and recording space unlike any they’ve ever experienced. Their extensive list of clientele includes the likes of Rick Springfield, Jason Bonham (Foreigner/Sammy Hagar), Poison, Arturo Sandoval, Prince Royce, Nico McBrain, and many more. With the success of Markee Music, it was obvious that the next step was to open Ridenour expanding the brand and creativity in the southeast. Upcoming Events:                 Oct. 12 - Paint/ Crunk Karaoke Party

Oct. 19 - WMTS & ODP Benefit Show

Oct. 20 - Ridenour Academy Open House

Oct. 24 - ODP Bluelight Sessions Oct. 25 - Graham Anthem Band Halloween Theme 

Nov. 1- Grace Cathey EP Release Show

 Nov. 7 - Aaron Tippin Show 

Nov. 8 - Show with Low Blow

Nov. 9 - Operation Song Benefit Show

Nov. 21 - ODP Bluelight Sessions

Open 7 days a week, Ridenour’s technical personnel are always available to assist with any needs and it is their mission to treat everyone like a ROCK STAR!

For more information on lessons, a membership, upcoming events or to book Ridenour Rehearsal Studios, contact Shane Hunt, Studio Manager  or visit their website, or socials,  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


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